Alumni

Featured Opportunity

The award-winning Social Impact Game brings students, alumni and organisations together to address a social challenge. Through this programme, our student teams collaborate with advisors and partners to turn a business or social problem into a "game", where the score they achieve is measured by the impact their projects make.

 

How you can support the Social Impact Game

The Social Impact Game is delivered jointly by the University of Nottingham and business consultancy Learning Without Borders (LWB), who have over a decade of experience in supporting professionals and businesses to make a real social impact. But we can't do this alone, and this is where our invaluable volunteer advisors and partners come in. 

Who are we looking for? 

As well as sharing a passion for tackling a social challenge, we're looking for professionals with experience of working with a team to solve business or social problems. Volunteers will need to be available to work with their student team on a weekly basis between October and March. In return, we offer our volunteers world-class training, a suite of resources, and CPD credits (through our accredited partners) to support their own professional development.

Join our information webinar on Monday 12 September 2022, and meet the Social Impact Game Team! We'll tell you all about the Social Impact Game, share examples of previous projects and answer any burning questions you might have. Register your place here. 
 

How will I take part?

You have the option to come to campus to work with your student team (should it make sense logistically), though this is not essential as the programme is also conveniently designed to be delivered entirely online via Microsoft Teams and via our new Social Impact Game app.   

There are TWO ways you can support students through the Social Impact Game. Take a look at the roles below and decide if you want to advise a student group, or host a project for them in your organisation: 

The Project Advisor role

As an Advisor, you'll bring your professional skills and interest in making a social impact to the table. You'll support a student group to scope, deliver and evaluate a social impact project they will lead on. 

Timings and commitment

Once you've applied, you'll receive a call from our facilitators to check that you're happy to continue. From there, you will need to commit to weekly meetings with your student team (virtually or in-person, to suit you) between October and early March. At the end of the project, you'll be invited to a student showcase. 

Full Role Description

For a detailed breakdown of the Project Advisor opportunity, and key dates for your diary, please consult this role description. Ready to join the Social Impact Game?

Applications close on Sunday 18 September 2022

Apply to be a Project Advisor
 

The Partner role

Do you want to tackle a business or social problem within your organisation and collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team? If so, you can volunteer as a Partner and co-create a project for our students.

Timings and commitment

Once you've applied, you'll receive a call from our facilitators to check that you're happy to continue. From there, you will need to commit to weekly meetings with your student team (virtually or in-person, to suit you) between October and early March. At the end of the project, you'll be invited to a student showcase. 

Full Role Description

For a detailed breakdown of the Partner opportunity, and key dates for your diary, please consult this role description or share it with your organisational lead.

Applications close on Sunday 18 September 2022

Apply to be a Partner
 
 

Meet previous participants who played the Social Impact Game:

Darren Eaton1

The Partner: We were interested in the mental health of our constuction operatives (at Morgan Sindall) which was always a big problem. The Social Impact Game students we worked with developed a toolbox to improve the mental health of staff working on site, which gave a real tangible result for the business and really helped us with an important social value requirement.  

Darren Eaton, Area Commercial Director at Morgan Sindall

 
 
Shahaz

The Student: Through our project with Darren Eaton at Morgan Sindall, were able to improve access to mental health support by 45% and increase awareness of mental health charity MenUnite. We also provided Morgan Sindall with a six-step process to help them role this out with staff on other sites. I really enjoyed the Social Impact Game, and hope alumni, other professionals and businesses get involved. 

Shahaz-Ali Bharwani, Aerospace Engineering student

 
 
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The Partner: I've always been interested in making a difference to society. I worked with a great team of students to look at how micro-businesses, like my own, could make a social impact. This led to a social impact project which enabled my business to make its own one percent "make a difference" commitment, where one percent of our total sales is used to support charities in our community. 

Paul Corcoran, Managing Director at Interimconsult 

 
 
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The Student: I wanted to get involved in the Social Impact Game to make a difference and to improve my communication skills. With the help of our Partner, Paul Corcoran from Interimconsult, we devised a toolkit to help small businesses maximise their social impact. Without Paul, we would have never had the opportunity to do the project and wouldn’t have made it to the finish line.

Polly Mitchell, Physics student. Read Polly's full story

 
 

What we ask from our volunteers: 

  • Advisors: To support students to deliver a project addressing a social impact project they have devised

  • Partners: To propose a project for students to deliver for your business or organisation
  • Bring a commitment to making a social impact​, providing expertise and resources to the project

  • Participate in training inductions and commit to regular project sessions with students

What our volunteers receive in return:

  • Develop new skills and knowledge, enabling you to make a social impact in your career
  • Acceleration of business success through a Social Impact Project​​ (in Partner organisations)

  • Rigorous training in problem solving, project management and effective communications​ from a world-class business consultancy 

  • Experience fulfilment by making a social impact with your work and within your business

 
Register as a Project Advisor (and advise students on their projects) - applications close 18 September Register as a Partner (and host a project in your organisation) - applications close 18 September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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